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02/27/2002 - Exploring Digital Signal Processing with WSU

Among the exotic initials now burgeoning in our world --- like HDTV, MP3, and DSL --- are the ones secretly behind the whole revolution: "DSP" for Digital Signal Processing. As the world converts from analog to digital for TV, Radio, and even pictures in a camera, it has become possible to manipulate the digitized content by transforming bits and bytes into a new, modified form: that job is DSP!

For example, DSP can be used to sharpen a digital photo, add a romantic blur to a wedding picture, make a cell phone call clearer, eliminate pops and clicks from old records, differentiate between a fetal heartbeat and mother’s stomach rumbling --- and thousands of other tasks that have now become a routine part of our digital age. Unfortunately, access to this techno-magic has often been blocked by the need to know a formidable amount of exotic mathematics.

A new course offered this fall by WSU will break this barrier. WSU Spokane will offer an experimental course called “Exploring Digital Signal Processing” (DSP). This "special topics" course is designed for people who need to use digital signal processing, but do not have an advanced math background. This might include software developers and people in life sciences who need to deal with noisy experimental data.

This course will use specialized computer software, Matlab and Simulink, to implement signal processing. Dr. Margaret Mortz, associate professor of engineering at WSU Spokane, will teach the class.

Students may bring in problems of interest for the class to explore. Typical problems might be designing filters to remove noise, frequency analysis of signals, deconvolution to separate measured signals, and other problems appropriate for DSP. Teamwork and practical use of the computer software will be emphasized. Students may purchase a functional student version of the software for their own use.

Students should be comfortable with college algebra. Other math will be presented and interpreted at a level that will enable the student to understand Matlab "help" functions.

The class will be offered this fall, starting Aug 26. It will be an evening class, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6- 7:15. The class will have the registration identifier: EE 483, Special Topics, Exploring DSP. The class will be offered at the Riverpoint campus downtown Spokane. For more information about the class, contact Margaret Mortz, 358-7935, or email at mmortz@wsu.edu. For more information about WSU Spokane or enrolling, contact Lisa Martin, 358-7530, or email at enroll@wsu.edu.

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